|Published||[Joseph Smith, Britannia Illustrata, London, 1724]|
|Dimensions||Image 434 x 557 mm, Plate 475 x 570 mm, Sheet 517 x 595 mm|
A fine view of Gloucester Cathedral from Joseph Smith's Britannia Illustrata or Views of Several of the Queen's Palaces and also of the Principal Seats of the Nobility and Gentry of Great Britain. Although rarely signed by Kip himself, the series of views of cathedrals is usually attributed to him on stylistic grounds. This view is taken from the North with the Galilee Porch to the right of the view. The foreground is populated by groups of people, some viewing the cathedral, others relaxing.
Johannes Kip (1653-1722) was a draughtsman and engraver, beginning his career in his native Amsterdam before moving to London at the end of the seventeenth century. He produced portraits, topographical views, and book illustrations, with his most important work being a series of attractive and informative bird's-eye views of English country seats. Kip originally collaborated on this project with fellow Dutch artist, Leonard Knyff, with Knyff creating the drawings, and Kip the etchings. As the project developed, however, Kip created his own drawings and etchings.
Condition: Excellent impression, centrefold as issued, manuscript Roman numerals in contemporary ink in lower right not affecting the image, some light staining to top edge of sheet not affecting the image.